“A night with Venus, and a lifetime with mercury” (Haiku 10: Syphilis)

One thing I’ve learned in the last few months is that the mind, left to its own devices, can wander and dwell on bizarre things.

 

Haiku 10: Syphilis

(by Kristi Garboushian)

1.

Romantic aside:

Keats’ “La Belle Dame sans Merci,”

blown-glass femme fatale.

 

Dead rose

Dead rose

 

2.

Hedonism spawns

creation: le maquillage,

acerbic beauty.

 

Beneath the skin

Beneath the skin

 

3.

Artists, dictators

(brilliant cast of “The Great Pox”),

poets, writers, kings.

 

Thomas Hardy's Ale

Thomas Hardy’s Ale

 

4.

Voltaire’s Candide smirked.

Syphilis an affliction?

Tout est pour le mieux.

 

Candide, Voltaire's famous satire

Candide, Voltaire’s famous satire

 

La Fin.

I’m still obsessed with the syllable, infatuated with the value of these units that make words. It’s strangely soothing.